at Hyatt Regency Convention Center benefiting The Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes and the Children's Diabetes Foundation at 6 p.m.
There are no braver souls than children faced with the news that they have type 1 diabetes. It’s not something that’s curable and not something that’s easy to deal with. From the point they absorb that diagnosis, they have to watch what they eat, when they eat, when they exercise, how they sleep–virtually every aspect of their lives are affected.
Enter the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes and the Children’s Diabetes Foundation. Their mission is to provide state-of the-art care to children and adults with type 1 diabetes and to teach patients how to prevent or delay complications. Part of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, their research is devoted to finding prevention, cure, and most effective treatment of diabetes and associated disorders. Now one of the largest diabetes institutes in the world, the Center provides state-of-the-art diabetes care to 3600 children and 2400 adults with diabetes from the Rocky Mountain Region as well as receiving national and international referrals.
Barbara and Marvin Davis
Most have heard the story of Barbara and Marvin Davis, philanthropists who founded the Center in 1978 when daughter Dana was only seven when she was diagnosed with type 1 and there was no care center to speak of west of Boston. Dana is now Executive Director of the Foundation and works tirelessly with her team to fund research and care and hopefully look forward to a cure one day. Dana spoke from the heart at last night’s Carousel Ball, sharing memories that when she was first diagnosed, there was only beef and pork insulin–no pumps, no pens, no monitors–just hope.
The Carousel Ball is the hallmark fundraiser for the Foundation and the Center. Entertainers such as Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis were family friends and came to the event back in the day. The event is still star-studded: none other than country superstar Reba McEntire was on hand to provide lively entertainment, and the program was emceed by Mario Lopez.
Well-heeled guests gathered at the Hyatt Regency and spirits were high. Lisa and Tom Corley received the High Hopes Tribute Award and the Founder’s Award went to Richard Abrams MD.
Dana Davis with Advocates
But the real stars always have been and will continue to be the kids. Bright and happy, the “advocates” on hand posed for pictures, greeted guests, gave high fives to bidders and very effectively reminded everyone why they were there. Hopes are high that once the advocates become adults, there will be a cure for diabetes, and when that happens, the Barbara Davis Center will be front and center.
Brad O’Neil and CDF Executive Director Dana Davis
Advocates Christian and Eva, left, volunteer Cristy and advocate Natalie
Doug Tisdale, left, Stephanie Bender, Faye and Dr. Reggie Washington
Diane Hutner and Dr. Alan Feiger
Kara Henriques and Isaiah Hatch
Jacob Lowe and advocate Sasha Aniscaray
Christina and Mike Ward
Charlie and Judy McNeil, left, with Lyn and Dr. Michael Schaffer
Edie Marks, left, Deborah Givrey and Jan Hammond
Honorees Lisa and Tom Corley with their sons Alex and Spencer
Jason and Kat Sturms
Lori Sussel, left, John Reilly, Lise Woodard and John-Charles Lathrop
Pat Robinson, left, Dr. Natalie Serkova, Arlene Johnson
Platinum: Dexcom; Gold: Tina & Rick Caruso--The Grove, Iris & Michael Smith; Silver: The Corley Legacy Foundation, The Crazy Merchant Inc., Empower Retirement, RBC Wealth Management, Viacom & Paramount Pictures; Gift Bag sponsor: Dependable Cleaners; Official Media sponsor: 5280 Magazine; Brass Ring: Steve Lucas--Adobe, The Ollila Law Group LLC; Bronze: Dr. Richard & Carol Abrams, Bardsley Foundation, Sharon Magness Blake & Ernie Blake, Children's Hospital Colorado--Department of Pediatrics, The Chotin Foundation and Robin & Steve Chotin and Family, Corrado-Harrison & Associates, Drs. Satish & Kavita Garg, Barry & Arlene Hirschfeld, Jerome Kern & Dr. Mary Rossick Kern, MECO IV LLC, Toby Pippin & Dr. Martin Tingelhoff, The Toole Family, University of Colorado Foundation
$1,000 to $20,000 per couple
Board of Directors:
Foundation: Barbara Davis, Chairman; Cameron van Orman, Vice-Chairman; Dana Davis, CDF Executive Director; Richard S. Abrams, M.D., Treasurer; Arlene Hirschfeld, Secretary; Stephen R. Daniels, M.D., Ph.D.; Nancy Davis-Rickel; Steven Farber; Daniel J. Feiten, MD; Shane Hendryson; Deidre Hunter; Shawn Hunter; Steve Lucas; John J. Reilly, Jr., MD; Kenny Rickel; Stacy Robinson; Tracy van Orman